The latest foodservice management practices, food-safety news and more.

Sillver Plates awarded

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Assn. has announced the winners of its Silver Plate Awards, given annually to nine professionals achieving excellence in foodservice management.


Menu Drivers

Did you know that 97% of people traveling regularly say they are willing to try a new restaurant when they're out-of-town?

Some manufacturers would argue sarcastically that the newest thing to happen to refrigeration would be operators taking the time to use their units properly. Keeping refrigerator units humming isn't difficult; it just takes some extra attention.

Move over, soda. Water and other beverages are looking to knock you off your throne as king of the vending machine.

The nation's foodservice operators may soon receive new federal tax incentives to expand or renovate their facilities, under legislation advanced by Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) that calls for faster write-offs of restaurant buildings.

Foodservice operators and employers in other private sector industries would be allowed to offer their workers the same "family friendly" scheduling flexibility available to federal government employees, under new legislation pending in Congress.

You'd expect a college with an organic garden and an adopt-a-whale program to have a strong commitment to the vegetarian lifestyle—and sure enough, the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, does.

At Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, manager/executive chef Alan DelRosso utilizes a variety of prepared products for patient meals, the cafeteria and catering. And he's not alone: Operators continue to turn to food manufacturers for such products as vacuum-packed, ready-to-cook marinated salmon filets or pre-cooked meat for burritos and tacos.

Food safety consultant G. Peter Healy urges operators to educate themselves and their employees about the potential dangers of not handling and preparing seafood properly.

Foodservice industry leaders are warning the State Department that new visa screening procedures implemented in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks are creating workforce shortages for operators across the country.

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